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The Big Hurt
| February 11, 2011
The Big Hurt: ICP take on magnets
Would that I could simply post the entire lyric to “Miracles” by INSANE CLOWN POSSE and call it an article.
Plus Slash loves Axl and Dre does Freddie
| April 16, 2010
Dr. Lakra is no more a real doctor than is Dr. Dre or Dr. Demento. The 38-year-old Mexican tattoo artist’s real name is Jerónimo López Ramírez. As for “lakra,” it means “delinquent.” Or so I thought.
Dr. Lakra loves the ink
| April 09, 2010
Two great flavors
"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
| February 19, 2010
Beyond Dilla and Dipset
With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
| January 01, 2010
Interview: Warren G
Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
| October 30, 2009
The Big Hurt: Pratt falls
Spencer Pratt, one of the vacuous props on MTV's realityesque moron drama The Hills , has his beady eyes set on a rap career.
Plus Ringo shills, Yanni sucks
| June 12, 2009
Busta Rhymes | Back on My B.S.
Increasingly surrounded by Soulja Boys and Lil Waynes, Busta Rhymes has of late taken on the look of hip-hop's Father Time.
Universal Motown (2009)
| June 05, 2009
He's not a doctor . . .
Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
| May 15, 2009
How low can you go?
"Turn down the bass!" a well-meaning fan finally yelled last Saturday night, about a half-hour into Murder by Death's sold-out performance downstairs at the Middle East.
Murder by Death live at the Middle East Downstairs, February 7, 2009
| February 10, 2009
New Eminem ft. Dr. Dre and 50!
We think it's kind of awesome. Enjoy before the fun police take it off the internets!  ...
| January 07, 2009
Norman Mailer’s ‘White Negro’ gets the treatment
Long before suburban kids began digging Dr. Dre and Tupac, an earlier generation of young white people venerated the jazz and swing music of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s.
| October 15, 2008
Why? so serious?
The lines between avant-garde hip-hop, pop, and indie rock continue to blur with defiance on Alopecia, the third album by the Anticon trio Why?.
Social norms and musical tropes are shunned on the excellent Alopecia
| September 10, 2008
The silent rapper
One of the most influential hip-hop MCs of all time, Rakim brought rap from its sing-songy beginnings into its late-’80s golden era with his dense lyrics and virtuoso internal rhyme structures.
What the hell has Rakim been up to?
| July 21, 2008
A Checklist For A Tribe Called Quest’s Reunion Show
| July 21, 2008
A night in Guantánamo
I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
| June 11, 2008
Hip-hop has always had a bad rap ( duh-hyuk! ) for misogyny, but when I think back on the long history of articles criticizing the lyrical treatment of women, I have to chuckle.
Remembering the glory days of hip-hop misogyny
| June 02, 2008
Twenty years later, Straight Outta Compton holds up better than most of the East Coast albums released around the same time.
Straight Outta Compton, 20th Anniversary Edition | Ruthless/Priority
| December 17, 2007
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
If you know Mike Clouds’s work, it’s likely because of his team-up with A-Frame.
Mike Clouds teams up to go solo on Blown Speaker Project
| July 18, 2007
It’s a rock star’s prerogative to get up every morning in the afternoon.
A day spent with Arctic Monkeys reveals the band to be, well, regular guys
| May 18, 2007
Putting the pop into the Pops
The screams came from the second balcony at Symphony Hall on Wednesday.
Boston Pops! Opening Night, Symphony Hall, May 9, 2007
| May 11, 2007
As you’re hopefully aware, the Virginia coke-rap duo Clipse are coming to the Station on Saturday.
Hyperbole? Not even close.
| March 28, 2007
F*ck Wit Dre Day
You’ve heard of tribute bands, but have you heard of tribute DJs?
Music seen, February 17, at the Big Easy
| March 02, 2007
Dead, or immortal?
When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
| January 24, 2007
O RLY? YA RLY
“It smells like a middle-school dance,” said username andysad at the LemmingTrail message-board holiday party at Great Scott last Friday.
The LemmingTrail holiday party, Great Scott, December 22, 2006
| December 29, 2006
Larger than life
Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story
Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
| December 06, 2006
On the racks: August 29, 2006
. . . plus Method Man, Motorhead, and Pete Yorn
Tego Calderon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne . . .
| August 30, 2006
When in 2002 Francisco "Luny" Saldana and Victor “Tunes” Cabrera left their jobs at a Harvard University cafeteria to make music full-time as Luny Tunes, the word “reggaetón” meant nothing to most English speakers. Listen to five Luny Tunes classics
The rise and triumph of Luny Tunes
SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON
| July 25, 2006
Flashbacks: July 21, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Sam MacLaughlin and Whitney Kimball.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| July 19, 2006
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